Ep 182-Michael Hall on Not Playing it Safe

Ep 182-Michael Hall on Not Playing it Safe


Michael Hall is an internationally recognized soloist/teacher with over 40 compositions written for him, teaches at VanderCook College of Music, and is co-founder/Artistic Director of the Bandung Philharmonic—the first professional orchestra in Indonesia. As a soloist, Michael has appeared in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Vienna, Reykjavik, Bangkok, Los Angeles, New York City, and Jakarta. He gave the US premiere of Chen Yi’s concerto Xian Shi, and premiered Stacy Garrop’s concerto Krakatoa in Jan 2018.

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Violist and new music advocate Michael Hall discusses why it is important to not play it safe and to create your own opportunities.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Coming to the viola
  • Michael’s portfolio
  • Commissioning
  • Lake String Quartet
  • Creating opportunities
  • What you should be asking yourself
  • Playing it safe
  • Being willing to take risks
  • Engaging with others
  • Be, do, have
  • Bandung Philharmonic
  • Stacy Garrop
  • Communicate better
  • Negotiating the commissioning contract
  • Rapport
  • Mara Gibson
  • Megan Ihnen
  • Relationships
  • Bad viola jokes
  • Loving music and not becoming jaded


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